Here’s one reason why jabs don’t lower the risk of HIV infection: They don’t work to reduce transmission

Jabs do not reduce the risk of anyone within a household or elsewhere being infected with the AIDS virus, according to a study published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Jabs were…

Here’s one reason why jabs don’t lower the risk of HIV infection: They don’t work to reduce transmission

Jabs do not reduce the risk of anyone within a household or elsewhere being infected with the AIDS virus, according to a study published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

Jabs were previously known to reduce the spread of Ebola within households in West Africa. But scientists found no evidence that jabs work to lower the likelihood of infection for the highly infectious human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, which causes AIDS.

The widespread use of condoms and other measures to prevent infection in other high-risk groups has been credited with recent global declines in new HIV infections. The finding suggests that “there is no magic bullet” in preventing HIV infection, Kavita Shah, an author of the study, said in a statement.

Jabs appeared to have little effect on risks outside the household as well. At least 26,570 cases of HIV infection were reported in the United States between 2013 and 2016; nine-tenths of those were among adults and adolescents living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study did not seek to determine whether the injection had any effect on rates of HIV infection among this population.

The study authors said findings on jabs may be understated because they rely on self-reported information, and that they don’t account for the fact that jabs may affect not only sexual behavior but also other health behaviors.

Covidians — who include cisgender men and transgender women living with HIV who have not yet become pregnant — are urged to practice safe sex: Sexually transmitted infections should be used as evidence that a person is using condoms, the health department says.

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